Ted Terranova was reelected to the Arvada Fire Protection District Board and Joel Kingham was elected to fill the seat vacated by the departure of longtime board member Mark McGoff, who did not seek reelection to pursue a project with the Colorado Historical Society. Terranova and Kingham will both serve four-year terms.
Voter turnout was considerably lower compared to last year’s board election — only 2,500 votes were cast this year, while over 4,000 were cast last year. Kingham paced the five candidates with 925 votes, while Terranova earned 718 votes.
Kingham was a volunteer firefighter at AFPD in the 1990's and decided to run because he wanted his voice to be heard.
"All of the nonsense that's going on in the workd today, politically, within our society, and the normal average person has their one vote every couple of years — I was dissatisfied with not being able to have a voice and be able to enact some change," Kingham said.
Kingham said that his priorities are better communication between the board and Arvada residents, the merge with Fairmount Fire District, building the new Station 1 and addressing egress concerns of residents of Leyden Rock.
Lynn Emrick — who notably ran as the Republican candidate in last November’s House District 27 election, placed third, earning 581 votes. Madison Stelley and Roman Bodnar placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Terranova could not be reached for comment by press time.
McGoff — a former city councilmember — said that he will serve on the advisory committee to the state commission for the Colorado Historical Society’s celebration of the Centennial State’s 150 years of statehood, and America’s 250 years of nationhood, and added that the commitment would make it impractical to continue serving on the fire protection board.
“The legislature passed a bill last year creating the commission to plan activities and events to commemorate both of those anniversaries in the year 2026,” McGoff said. “I will be spending a great deal of time with those things and that will take up my attention and time over the next couple of years.”